Become a Pro at Interviewing With These 5 Easy-to-Practise Pointers

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Few things are as confusing and stressful as a job interview—but it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, sometimes your interviewer will be as nervous as you. Putting people at ease is a wonderful quality in business, and an interview is a great way to practice that. Here are just a few tips for interview success.  

 Become a Pro at Interviewing.jpg 1. Think of What You'd Like to See in an Interview Yourself  
If you want to know the secret of a good interview, just think of when you've met other people and taken a liking to them. How did they act? What did they talk about? The truth is, whether people consider it old fashioned or not, we're still very much a culture that responds to good manners: modesty, friendliness, and humility are the main qualities we look for in others. Implementing these traits in a job interview is a great way to make a good impression.  
2. Be Polite!  
Remember to be nice to everyone you meet—the secretary who shows you to the interview, the workers you see—everyone. Often making a good impression starts by showing that you regard everyone as equal.  

3. Ask Good Questions  
Usually at the end of an interview, the interviewer will ask if you have any questions. Try preparing a few beforehand, so you aren't caught off-guard—and show that you've done the research. This is a time when you can demonstrate what a serious worker you would be. If you know your stuff about the position, the company will see you're dedicated and considerate. If you're in sales, for example, much of your job will be making sure people are at ease—so employers will be looking to see if you come off as sincere and likable.

4. Show Flexibility  
What interviewers are often looking for is how flexible you are as a worker. Often a job will involve many different facets, and the more you can show that you'll be able to use your abilities to solve problems that occur, the better you'll show your mettle as a worker.  

5. Dress Neatly!  
Remember that a neat appearance with neatly pressed khakis and a dress shirt, or a dress, can show you are a professional and that you'll dress for success. You don't have to go full-speed ahead with a suit, although some companies do require it.

If you keep these five tips in mind, your interview is sure to go much better than you might have done without proper preparation. You might even land that dream job!

About the Author
Rose McKellen is a freelance writer from Austin, TX. She recommends looking for field sales jobs with websites like to start learning about companies you'd enjoy working with.  

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